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Collecta-Belle: Autographs

Posted in - classic film, general discussion, laurence olivier, vivien leigh on February 9th 2010 9 Comments

I find old celebrity autographs to be really interesting.  The first one I ever got was Lauren Bacall at a book signing she did for her book By Myself And Then Some at Book Soup in Hollywood.  It was an adventure for sure, and she was quite intimidating (and it didn’t help that I made a total ass of myself in front of her.  I had planned to mention how I loved her and Bogie but all that came out of my mouth was “You were good friends with Larry and Vivien”.  FAIL).  Of course all of my other favorite celebrities are dead, so acquiring autographs took some work and a bit of good luck, along with the kindness of strangers.

I thought I’d share my collection thus far.  It’s not overly big, but I love it!

Tarquin Olivier, signed in London, February 2009

Terry Coleman, signed in London, February 2009

Laurence Olivier, signed in 1946

Ralph Richardson, signed in 1945

Tyrone Guthrie, signed in 1958

Angus McBean, signed in 1938

Michel Saint-Denis, signed in 1958

Laurence Olivier, signed in 1958

Laurence Olivier, signed in 1958

Vivien Leigh, signed to John Buckmaster, 1950

Lauren Bacall, signed in Hollywood, March 2005

Do you have any Larry or Vivien, or classic celebrity autographs?

As of now (9) people have had something to say...

  • ashley - Reply

    February 9, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Great autos! I don’t have any fabulous ones but I do have two from Joan Fontaine, Richard Dix, Ben Lyon, and some handwriting from Katharine Hepburn lol.

  • Kendra - Reply

    February 10, 2010 at 1:01 am

    How cool! I have been meaning to write to Joan forever. I need to catch her before she pulls a Jean Simmons on us! *Knock on wood*

  • Tricia - Reply

    February 10, 2010 at 4:58 am

    That’s an impressive collection!
    I’m not sure if I have any famous autographs… Maybe I told you this before, but I bought Katherine Hepburn’s autobiography at a used book store, on a whim. And afterward I found out it was a signed copy, apparently by her. Not sure if it’s genuine or not though. I just pretend it is. :]

  • Kendra - Reply

    February 10, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Oh, no way! That’s so awesome, I’d totally say it was real, too. I bet it is! :)

  • D. - Reply

    February 10, 2010 at 5:52 am

    I actually was lucky enough to receive one from Julie Harris from East of Eden. I was thrilled!

  • Kendra - Reply

    February 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Oh, how fabulous! East of Eden is one of my favorite books, but I haven’t seen the movie. Netflix* :)

  • JD - Reply

    February 18, 2010 at 12:23 am

    I’ve been wanting to write Joan Fontaine and Luise Rainer, but haven’t gotten around to it yet… All of the Autographs I have are GWTW Related; I have Ann Rutherford, Mary Anderson, Isabel Jewel, Barbara O’neil, Rand Brooks. I wrote Olivia de Havilland this past June and I got a reply in August, It was typed letter signed and signed photograph. I really want a Vivien Leigh Autograph, but I can’t seem to find the right one for the right price.

  • Kendra - Reply

    April 1, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Amazingly belated comment here, but I hope you’re able to find a Vivien autograph. beware of ebay because I think a lot of those kinds of things are possibly scams. Hurry with Louise Rainer, she’s already 100!

  • Summer Afternoon - Reply

    March 31, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I hate to say this but the first one is a preprinted signature….not a real one. There are many of those cards around but it is not authentic.

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